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Lisa Says Gah

Marques'Almeida won the coveted top LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Viva denim!

Excited to dive into the summer issue of the Desert Oracle. Especially the article about buying property at tax auctions.

Did you hear that Serial is coming back for two more seasons?! The stories they'll cover are still top secret, but I can't imagine they will be any less addictive or compelling than season one. Luckily this time they're producing two seasons at once so there will be less of a wait for the next installments.

Loving SF-based online shop Lisa Says Gah. Especially their interview series.

Super excited about planning our first trip to Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest!

Photo via Lisa Says Gah

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As if I could love Terry Gross anymore, last week on Fresh Air she featured a hilarious interview with herself by Marc Maron, in which she revealed the cutest things (she and her husband eat breakfast together every Saturday morning and pick out a record to listen to), the most heartfelt things (why she can ask her interviewees about illness and the end of life, but can't discuss the same things with friends), and the coolest things (she and her husband have so much vinyl it sounds like they basically live in a record store, and she got her start doing a '70s feminist radio show). She is a national treasure.

A cool print by artist Ali Beletic.

J. Crew has revealed its latest capsule collections in collaboration with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners and runners up. I'm especially excited about Ryan Roche's knits in her signature shades of washed out pink (Paul Anderson's sandals look pretty cool too). They launch June 3rd but are available now for pre-order.

Kind of love fancy versions of regular household items.

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Earthship: Earth Tu Face

Earthship Earth Tu Face

This weekend I visited newly opened Oakland shop Earthship, the brick and mortar location for natural skincare line Earth Tu Face. Created by two local herbalists, Earth Tu Face's products are made of food grade, plant-based ingredients, but still have a luxury vibe to them (they're inspired by Alice Waters and available at Net-a-Porter, to give you an idea). Earthship showcases the line's serums, scrubs, balms and cleansers and more.

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They also carry beauty products by other brands, like nail polishes by Floss Gloss (started in Oakland and now based in Brooklyn — their polishes have great names) and fragrances by Regime des Fleurs. Plus there's a small, curated collections of clothing, homewares, art and jewelry.

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Earthship Earth Tu Face
Earthship Earth Tu Face

Earthship Earth Tu Face
I chatted with the retail manager, Madeline, who told me they plan to hold workshops and events in the space adjoining the shop where they make the products — it's like a magical apothecary workshop in a charming old carriage house garage, where the shelves are lined with their organic ingredients and the ceiling is strung with lights and beautiful dried plants. She said she planned to post the schedule on the door outside, so if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and check it out!

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Earthship Earth Tu Face

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I'm loving the fashion world's jet setting cruise schedule. On the heels of LV in Palm Springs, Dior's Spring 2016 Cruise show took place in the south of France at Pierre Cardin's 'Palais Bulles' or Bubble Palace. The old mixed with the new as Raf Simons' modern-hearted collection hearkened back to the classic Dior Bar shape and the fashion pack palled around with Cardin himself who was in attendance.

If I lived in LA, I'd be checking out this exhibition on rock & roll billboards.

My expert-gardener sister-in-law alerted me to this Oakland startup selling 'uglies' which may solve food waste and water waste problems.

Loving everything about this editorial and interview on The Dreslyn with LA-based stylist Sissy Sainte-Marie and her photographer husband Eddie Chacon. She is a major inspiration.

This insanely meticulously designed and hand-crafted house in Joshua Tree is blowing my mind.

A Sunday song (the uncut version is a friend's jukebox power move).

Photo via Buro247

Palo Santo

Palo Santo

Lately I've really been enjoying Palo Santo. Light it on fire for a moment, blow out the flame and you're greeted by curls of fragrant smoke. It's relaxing and smells wonderful. Even fresh out of the package before you light it, it has a woody scent that's both fresh and deep, with notes of vanilla.

It's an easy, satisfying ritual, and a welcome punctuation before meditation, cozy reading in bed, going to sleep or just hanging out. It can clear the air, clear your head, and if you like to think of it that way, clear the energy of a space.

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Palo Santo sticks are reusable, so you can light the same one many times. It gives me a reason to put my matchbook collection to good use (I tend to pick them up from favorite places like Deetjens and Camino), and also to pick up pretty ceramics — I love the mottled turquoise of this dish I found at Reliquary. Whether it's symbolic or just a good smell, Palo Santo is something lovely to keep in your home.

Palo Santo

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What Frida wore. Each piece is amazing. Plus more Fridamania.

Loved what Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony had to say about the fashion industry's responsibility to weave better narratives about women.

Now that you can hashtag emoji on Instagram: a deep dive into emojilytics (aka the semantics of 'lol' 'omg' and 'bae').

I love Brother Vellies' modern takes on traditional African footwear and their dedication to sustainability and partnerships with local artisans.

I've been listening to the Startup podcast pretty obsessively. It's comforting and interesting to know that most everyone's winging it.

Blockshop just released a new collection of hand block printed scarves — loving the squares that come with ceramic conchos.

Checking the mail, waiting for issue two of the Desert Oracle to arrive.

Feeling this patchwork denim.

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Céline pre-fall 2015 is unsurprisingly great. Vests that turn into ribbons and plunging layered slip dresses, anyone? Plus, excellent brutalist earring work as always.

What do you think about lab-grown leather? 

Excited to see how the Louis Vuitton cruise collection plays out in Bob Hope's mid-century spaceship of a house in Palm Springs.

We saw Steve Earle at the Great American Music Hall on Friday. So good. Guitar Town on repeat.

Before the show, we got cocktails at Holy Mountain, the bar above Oakland restaurant Hawker Fare's new spot in SF. Tim's drink included this liqueur made from an impressive number of herbs, and I'd be curious to try it in make-at-home cocktails.

The coolest bird feeders.

And a perfect summer dress. (Can't beat a dress with pockets.)